“Marvelous in her shrewdness and cunning is the Romish Church. She can read what is to be…The Roman Catholic Church, with all its ramifications throughout the world, forms one vast organization under the control, and designed to serve the interests, of the papal see. Its millions of communicants, in every country on the globe, are instructed to hold themselves as bound in allegiance to the pope. Whatever their nationality or their government, they are to regard the authority of the church as above all other. Though they may take the oath pledging their loyalty to the state, yet back of this lies the vow of obedience to Rome, absolving them from every pledge inimical to her interests. History testifies of her artful and persistent efforts to insinuate herself into the affairs of nations; and having gained a foothold, to further her own aims, even at the ruin of princes and people.”1
Pope Francis and the Vatican are using the issue of terrorism, which they term “fundamentalism,” to their advantage to insert Catholic principles and policies into international politics and reestablish her authority over both church and state. Pope Francis knows how to effectively exploit the emotions of the mournful, the panic-stricken, the fearful and anyone else in a vulnerable state of mind and take advantage of them so that they will sympathize with him. He politicizes his public speeches and written statements to propagate his self-serving agenda and solutions for the social, environmental, economic and moral evils that exist in the world, some of which are created by that very system. The attacks in Brussels, Belgium were no exception; Pope Francis eagerly seized the opportunity to get his message across.